Monday, June 20, 2011

Bowtie Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

If you were to ask anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes what my ideal night would consist of, it would include family, friends and a big meal!  There is nothing I enjoy more than being with the people I love, cooking a huge dinner and eating together around a great big table.  To me a dining room table is more than a functional piece of furniture.  It is a place where laughter is abundant, tears are sometimes shed, friends are made and family comes together.  I have great memories of sitting around our dear family friend, Mark Harrison's big round table on Thanksgiving night hearing his mother tell stories about her children and grandchildren all of which left us rolling with laughter.  I also recall great meals at my grandmothers where card tables were added to the end of the dining room table so that everyone could sit at the same table to catch up on what every one has been doing.  Whether it is at the beach with a huge bowl of steamed clams, a picnic table in the backyard with burgers and hot dogs, or a cozy dining room with Mom's famous 16 bean soup, these are the moments I cherish.  I cannot think of any of these times without feeling the warmth of love that has permeated each one of these tables. 

This recent Saturday night turned into just that kind of night!  After a long day at Corner Pup watching Vandy play in the college world series, Maggie had the great idea of cooking a great big pot of pasta and moving the party to their house.  The company was fantastic, the dogs were wearing each other out (yes...there were 8 people and 9 dogs) and the meal was to die for!  I couldn't ask for anything better than being with the people I love, the animals that make me so happy and a meal that left us all on the back porch, full as a tick and ready to pass out at any moment!  Here is what we had....

Bowtie Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

1 (12 ounce) package bow tie pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled (we used half hot sausage and half sweet sausage)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.  Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage and pepper flakes until sausage is evenly brown.  Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender.  Stir in tomatoes, cream, and salt. Cover and simmer.  Simmer until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.  Stir cooked pasta into sauce, and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.  
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1 comment:

  1. Ruth - I am huge fan of your blog! I stumbled upon this delicious recipe the same day I received hot sausage in my CSA. Perfection. Keep 'em coming!